Kay Allen


Kay Allen is the Associate Director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and International Museum Institute.  With more than 40 years of experience working in the museum world at USC, Kay received her degree in Business Administration prior to relocating to Los Angeles from Iowa. Her duties entail being a Senior Business Officer, Human Relations Associate and Manager of all day to day operations for the staff and student interns of the museum. Her special role in the establishment of policies and procedures for Fisher Museum, USC’s accredited museum, has proven and established the importance of diversity and transparency in the hiring of staff, presentation of exhibitions and programming and community involvement. Her contributions have always transcended the technical and have helped transform Fisher over the years into a small university museum with a perspective from the local to the global.  From 1993 through 2006, Kay was President and then Vice President of USC’s Black Staff and Faculty Caucus.  She has also served as a mentor to various students throughout her career at USC in coordination with the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. She maintains an ongoing relationship with many of those student graduates to this day. Her longevity at USC and at Fisher is due to her love of continual learning and to working with students who keep her wise in experience and young at heart.